Hilliard Ellis Saunders Jr.
SAUNDERS JR., HILLIARD ELLIS Dr. Hilliard Ellis Saunders Jr. died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in New Orleans. He was 64 and will be greatly missed. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte. He served with honor in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He studied at Yale University, the University of Paris and earned a master's degree in French and a Ph.D. in romance languages from LSU. He was an author, fluent in four languages and a historian who promoted the study and preservation of French culture in Louisiana. He served as a professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, where he taught French and Spanish. He was a member of the National Association of Scholars and the Louisiana Committee on the French Revolution. He is survived by his wife, Myriam I. Saunders of New Orleans; brother, the Honorable John D. Saunders of Ville Platte; two sons, Dr. J. Jacques Saunders and Henri M. Saunders, Esq., both of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Danielle Saunders Mixon of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren; a stepson, Julian Katz of New Orleans; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte. A memorial Mass will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte.
Published by The Advocate on Dec. 7, 2004.
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My deepest regrets and sorrow to Dr. Saunders's family and friends. I was one of his French students from the Fall 1998- May 2000 at Nicholls State University. I have very fond memories of sitting ouside of Peltier hall with him while he fed the birds. He was a great professor with a very kind heart. He encouraged me to be confident with my speaking skills, and I am very sure that I would not be the French teacher I am today without his guidance and encouragement. I am most sorry that I only learned today of his passing. There have been many days that I have thought of him and his most popular saying to me, "Stephanie, Ce n'est pas grave." He will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Stephanie Sea
Houma, La
Stephanie Sea
December 12, 2004
Good Evening, My most sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Hill.
I worked as an adjunct instructor in the French department at NSU for many years in the late 70's into the mid 80's. It was my pleasure to get to know "Dr. Hill" as the kind and gentle man that he was. It was with great sorrow that I only recently learned of his passing. God Bless you all.
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Sue Ellen Olin
December 10, 2004
Thinking of you, Miriam.
laverne kappel
December 9, 2004
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